Let’s put someone who really cares in charge

Tom Camfield
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Posted 8/9/19

As of July 31 the U.S. had recorded 248 mass shootings (4 or more people shot)—with 979 injured and 246 killed in 2019. Add to that just the Aug. 3 El Paso shooting, the Aug. 4 Dayton, Ohio, …

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Let’s put someone who really cares in charge

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As of July 31 the U.S. had recorded 248 mass shootings (4 or more people shot)—with 979 injured and 246 killed in 2019. Add to that just the Aug. 3 El Paso shooting, the Aug. 4 Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago shootings, and the totals rise to 278 dead and 1,036 injured. Schools will be opening again soon, and children will live in fear each day as they head to their classrooms, where they will be instructed on how to save themselves if shooting breaks out.

I’ve included a map above of U.S. mass shootings this year through July 31. You may notice a general similarity to the map in my July 31 blog illustrating the 1,020 hate groups being monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The other chart here shows, for major countries, a comparison of video game popularity with violent gun deaths. It speaks for itself. The U.S. is in a class of its own when it comes to violence and hatred, and it’s not spawned by video games.

An excerpt from April 5 remarks by The Washington Post’s editorial board: “For a moment on Monday, President Trump offered a teasing hope that he would jolt the Republican Party into easing its roadblock on even the most obvious and popular gun-control measures. Following a grisly weekend of mass shootings, Mr. Trump tweeted in favor of ‘strong background checks’ so that ‘something good, if not GREAT, [comes] out of these two tragic events!’

“Soon enough, the president subsided to form. He read a speech that focused on mental health issues, violent video games and the Internet as major factors in the nation’s increasingly bloody culture of gun violence. ‘Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger. Not the gun,’ he said. But mental illness and hatred exist throughout the world, as do video games. Frequent mass shootings are unique to the United States. The reason is guns, and especially semiautomatics. Unique to the United States is easy access to the means to commit mass murder. . . ‘

Using non-tweet language in reading a prepared speech, Donald said in a relatively subdued voice without his usual grandiose gestures and usual pomposity, “Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.” We know that, Donald; we’ve seen how hate has warped your mind. Our best to your speech writer for those words that you, yourself, obviously didn’t compose—and into which you didn’t put much energy.

Here are a couple of excerpts from Aug. 6 comments by The Seattle Times editorial board, which obviously was unimpressed by the president’s speech following the Aug. 3 El Paso and Aug. 4 Dayton, Ohio, shootings. “ ‘In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,’ the president said. They are words that might have been welcome two years ago, after violence erupted at the Unite the Right rally at Charlottesville. Words he could have made part of his campaign announcement four years ago, rather than stereotyping all Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.

“The president’s words matter, as do those of all the lower-level politicians who parrot or excuse his repeated, vile and incendiary attempts to dehumanize immigrants and people of color. But the years’ worth of damage will require more than a brief televised statement. It demands a reformation — a wholesale repudiation of the divisiveness and scapegoating that has been the hallmark of Trump’s presidency . . .

“President Donald Trump and his apologists can deny, all they like, the connection between acts of public violence and the drumbeat of their foul rhetoric. They can downplay the impact our president’s smiling acceptance of supporters’ threatening taunts and jeers might have on a troubled or desperately furious young man. They can point fingers at video games or wring hands over mental health. But if they have any shred of decency, they will work to eradicate two clear commonalities in these gruesome acts of violence: the free flow of military-grade weapons, and the weaponization of rage.” Read the entire editorial at https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/stop-the-flow-of-weapons-and-loaded-language/

In this material, there is no involvement of “fake news,” the main fantasized refuge of Donald Trump, who lacks the intellect to deal with a Free Press. Journalism is a profession comprised of individuals driven by altruism rather than greed—and who listened to others while educating themselves to the nature of humanity and the world in which we all share. Articles such as the foregoing utilize facts, cite sources and offer opinions (identified as such by the very forums in which they appear).

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Justin Hale

"In this material, there is no involvement of “fake news,”.....BS, show me where he said that ALL Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists, you can't. But that doesn't matter to the Trump haters, tell a lie/half-truth long enough and the brain dead masses will parrot the same lies/half-truths. No one hates more than the Trump haters.

Your characterization of all journalists is BS, as Trump said about those at Charolettesville, there are some good people on both sides. I'm sure that there are some good journalists out there, but there are also a lot of agenda-driven douche bag journalists out there hiding behind the first amendment to spew their hatred of our President, and their words are just as dangerous if not more dangerous than anything Trump says.

Friday, August 9
Tom Camfield

How about you show me where anyone ACTUALLY SAID that Donald described ALL Mexicans are criminals and rapists. I recall only people quoting his words, which seemed to insinuate it. And that particular nit doesn't apply much to the basic theme of this log, which is mass shooting and the prevalence of guns in our society.

I was just reading through Donald's pompous speech to the National Rifle Association's convention in 2017, the basic theme of which was his words; "You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you." Well, we've been seeing how that works.

Journalists, meanwhile, are hiding nowhere, from no one. We are defending the First Amendment. There are no "douche-bag journalists." That's an oxymoron. There are journalists—and then there are douchebags posing as true journalists. Rush Limbaugh, for instance is a douchebag.

Charlottesville was a protest mounted by neo-nazis, latent Klan types, all manner of other racists. The "good" people were counter-protestors standing up for an inclusive society. The "good" people were the ones not carrying clubs or nazi and confederate flags—and ranting about Jews . . . the woman who was killed, the young black man who was beaten nearly to death.

Friday, August 9
Tom Camfield

My observer/correspondent Dale in Canada notes; "Donald actually DID say that about Mexicans. It was a live program captured on TV and we saw it on our TV (CBC) news. He said “Mexicans are all rapists”. It was a great topic of conversation for a long time."

He had more to say which I'll let slide here. Suffice to say, Donald is despised in Canada. And while on the subject of Canada, I'd like to put in a plug for that country's outstanding ethnic inclusiveness. I'm proud to say my father was born there. In generations past, my ancestors lived in both Ontario and Alberta. I have cousins now in British Columbia.

Friday, August 9
Marge Samuelson

I am not sure how your thought process works Justin, but obviously you believe everything Trump says. You just don't happen to agree with Tom on what exactly he said. The man has no sense of empathy:

"People lack normal empathy, or the ability to feel what others are feeling, when something has gone wrong in their brains. ... Sociopathy, or damage to the ability to function in a social setting, often includes a lack of empathy, also causing various forms of antisocial behavior."

I believe a psychiatrist could spend a long time figuring just what happened to Donald Trump. But, we really don't have time to go there. America needs to save itself from the Trumps of the world.

Friday, August 9
Justin Hale

" I recall only people quoting his words, which seemed to insinuate it." .....Right, they take his words and then interpret them the way way want to, to fit their agenda. The words he spoke were true, there are criminals coming across our southern border, nothing racist about it, but the biased MSM chooses to call it racist and the uninformed Trump haters parrot what they hear.

If what Dale in Canada claims is true then it should be possible to find that tape, have him find it. I'm guessing that won't happen.

Marge, you're right you don't know my thought process. I don't believe everything Trump says, but I do know what he said. You Trump haters believe things he never said. As Tom points out the Anti-Trump biased media takes what he says and then "insinuates" what they want. Trump says "Mexico is pushing some of its people into the US; not its best people, but people with lots of problems. Presumably some of them are good people, but others bring drugs, crime, or have been convicted of committing acts of sexual aggression, at least according to some US border guards.", and I say true, there are criminals coming across our southern border. The Trump haters see the same story and say Trumps a racist. Regarding Charlottesville, Trump said that there were good people on both sides who were there to peacefully protest the issue of removing the Robert E. Lee statue and renaming the park, he never said that there were good people among those who came to riot, neither antifa or neo-nazis. The anti-Trump media twists his words and insinuate that Trump supports neo-nazis/white supremacists. (https://www.prageru.com/video/the-charlottesville-lie/)

America needs to save itself from the agenda-driven media that distorts the truth and "insinuates" fake news.

Saturday, August 10
Tom Camfield

You're clutching at straws again, looking for a nit to pick as a distraction from the topic at hand. You're doing Donald proud. The main topic here was mass shootings and gun control and you are trying to drag us off to argue over exactly what Donald said about Mexicans in 2015. What he said in kicking off his presidential campaign on June 15, 2015, while boosting his plans for a boded wall: "When Mexico sends it people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people," he said.

He threw that butt-covering "good people" comment in again following the Charlottesville riot staged by white supremacists. The man is unendowed with virtue and generally mentally incompetent. He reasonably could be compared to pond scum.

I don't recall nor can I find any instances where the press or anyone else ever claimed that he said that "ALL Mexicans are rapists." In any case, he painted enough of a picture as it was for racists and xenophobes—wo are always on the lookout for justification of their attitude.

I do seem to recall that among other things to which Donald pointed as causes of these mass shooitings—violent video games, mental health, anything other than his own ongoing inflammatory words—was an inadequate restraint on immigration. I'll look that up when I get a chance. Meanwhile, talk is cheap for both Donald and Mitch, as they maintain the hope that the whole subject will blow over. And why are people even talking about how the NRA feels about gun control?

Saturday, August 10
Tom Camfield

With no respect for my aged eyes, spell-check struck again. That should have read "border wall."

Saturday, August 10
Tom Camfield

By the way, if Donald's words this week sound familiar it's because we've heard them before. Jack Cassidy of New Yorker magazine noted yesterday (Aug. 9): "Early last year, after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, Trump called for universal background checks and raising the age limit for purchasing rifles. Shortly after having dinner at the White House with the leaders of the N.R.A., however, he abandoned these proposals, citing a lack of political support. This humiliating retreat demonstrated that Trump, despite his popularity with Republican voters, wasn’t strong enough, or determined enough, to break the N.R.A.’s veto over gun policy."

Saturday, August 10
Justin Hale

I notice that when I ask for specifics and examine the details behind the name-calling by the Trump haters I'm accused of "nit-picking" and "clutching at straws". That's how the agenda-driven biased MSM works, they take Trumps words out of context, twist them and insinuate from them what fits their agenda, which is to undermine the Presidency at every turn, and when called on it it's " nit-picking".

As far as the gun issue goes you and I have beaten that issue to death, I'm glad that we have a pro-amendment President, and I don't really care what some biased reporter from WaPO writes. The POTUS doesn't make federal legislation, neither does the NRA, the Congress makes federal legislation, what are the Democrats proposing? Whatever legislation the Congress comes up with should be read very carefully, knowing the tendency of both parties to slip in unrelated pork barrelBS.

Sunday, August 11
Tom Camfield

Returning to the Big Picture, I enjoy reading how some accomplished journalists can condense it into concise language. Take this paragraph by opinion writer Roger Cohen of The New York Times (Aug. 3): "President Trump, in the name of making America great again, has trampled on America's essence. He is angry, a stranger to happiness, angrier still for not knowing the source of his rage. He is less interested in liberty than the cash of his autocratic cronies. As for life, he views it as a selective right, to which the white Christian male has priority access, with women, people of color and the rest of humanity trailing along behind for scraps."

That sure beats the living hell out of some semi-literate asinine 4:00 a.m. tweet from the White House bathroom.

Sunday, August 11